Friday, January 23, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 5 - Ink Pads and Refills


Welcome to the last day of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. It's been a really fun week and I hope you have enjoyed all the organizing ideas. I know my room has never looked so good! 

Today we are sharing organizational ideas for ink pad storage and ink refills. You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 


My ink pads sit on the table behind my main desk. The ink pads on the left are in an older storage unit. It so old I couldn't tell you where I got it. I plan to replaced with another unit like the one on the right. I have another one on order from Organize More. You have some color options to choose from for your storage. My is black with white inserts and hold 60 ink pads. 


I added the name of the ink to each pad and store the pad with the matching ink refill and a Mini Ink Blending Foam Pad. My inks are divided into categories by ink type, Premium Dye Inks, Hybrid Inks, and Pigment Inks. When I get my additional storage unit I plan to add a section for Distress Inks. 


There is room on the top of the unit to store my extra Mini Ink Blending Tools, glitter, and embossing powders. 


As with my other posts this week I used my Brother P-Touch that I purchased through Amazon. But for the ink pads I used a smaller label tape, 1/4" Black Print on White Tape. 


Storing the ink pad, refill, and a sponge together works so well! I love using the sponge with the ink for stencils and sponging around the edges of card stock. 


Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

Have a good weekend! Maybe you will cleaning and organizing your space!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 4 - Card Stock


Thanks for stopping by for Day 4 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. Today the Design Team is sharing how they organize their Card Stock. Since my crafty area is also my office I have a desk with file drawers and another file cabinet in my space. But you can tell where my priorities are!! I store my MFT 8 1/2 x 11 Card Stock in the file drawers in my desk where I work and all my work related stuff goes in the file cabinet I have to get up and walk over to! 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 



My card stock is divided into three drawers. The first drawer starts with the neutral colors and then my reds, yellows and oranges. I just purchased standard hanging files in red from Staples. I used my Brother P-Touch that I purchased through Amazon to add the name of each color.  There is enough room in the back of the drawer to store my back-up Card Stock.


The second drawer contains my pinks, aquas and blues, purples and greens. I file the colors light to dark.


I store any scraps in the front of the hanging folder.


I have a third drawer where I keep  order types of paper and my storage envelopes for my dies and stamp sets.


Because I do scrapbook I also needed a way to store my 12 x 12 Card Stock. I bought this unit at Michaels. My solid color 12 x 12 card stock is broken up by color and the the patterned paper by Designer/Company. Because I don't use 12 x 12 paper as often this storage unit lives in my closet, which allows my to keep by office/crafty area relatively neat. 


Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

I will be back tomorrow with Day 5 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. 



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 3 - Die-namics

Welcome to Day 3 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! So far we have covered stamp sets and stencils and today we are sharing ideas for organizing your Die-namics. I know it can seem daunting and time consuming to start the organizational process, but I can't tell you how happy I am I took the time to get a system in place. 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 


My system to store my Die-namics is very similar to the system for storing stamps. You can find that post HERE


Like many of the other designers, the basics of my organizational system is based on a tutorial written by Jennifer McGuire. I use two different size envelopes that you can purchase from MFT, the Clear Pocket Storage - Large and the Clear Pocket Storage - Small. I used a Brother P-Touch Label Maker and 1/2" Black on Clear Label Tape that I purchased through Amazon.


I use a clear Freezer Storage Bin, also purchased from Amazon


Here is a closer look at the label I created for the front of my bin using my label maker, the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and an arrow in the Go with It Die-namics. 


The dividers are cut from Sno Cone Card Stock and I rounded the upper two corners. I used my label maker to add titles to each each section. I grouped them by the categories you can see in the picture above. If a die set coordinates with a stamp set it is stored with the stamp set in the back of the envelope. 



I back the inside of each clear pocket with white card stock. It just makes it easier to see in the clear envelopes. I buy an inexpensive white card stock at Michaels. I can get two backings for the larger envelopes and two for the smaller envelopes out of each piece of 12 x 12 card stock.


To make the process easier I used an older paper cutter I had and used a permanent maker to make a note of the dimensions.


You will notice I have a section for the STAX Die-namics in my bin. In this one section I added additional dividers to file these dies by shape. I use Gray Grout Card Stock and cut the divider slighter shorter than the main dividers.


Here is an example of of the coordinating  Die-namics stored behind the stamp set and a pocket with just dies in it.


And here is a look at how I store my stamp sets, stencils, and dies all in one place for easy access. 


Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days.

If you have any questions for me, please email me using the link on my side bar. Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with another organizational post.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 2 - Stencil


Welcome to Day 2 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's ideas for storing and organizing your stamps sets. Today we are sharing ideas to tame your stencils. 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 



I store my stencils in this container I got at Target. It has a handle on it so I carry it over to my desk whenever I need it. 


Here is a closer look at the label I created for the front of my bin using my label maker, the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and an arrow in the Go with It Die-namics. 


The dividers are cut from Sno Cone Card Stock and I rounded the upper two corners. I used my label maker to add titles to each each section. Here's a look at the categories I group my stencils in so I can find what I am looking for easily. 


Behind the stencils I store some of my favorite supplies to used with stencils. 


This is my favorite embossing paste. It adds dimension but not thickness and does leak under the stencil too often. I store two palette knives to spread the paste and some old room keys or gift card to scrap off excess paste and put it back int the jar. I also keep a Mini Ink Blending Tool to sponge on ink with my stencils. The Mini Ink Blending Foam Pads are stored next to the ink pad I have used it with. 


My stencils sit on top of this storage unit. Clean, neat, and pretty makes me happy! 


Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days. 

If you have any questions for me, please email me using the link on my side bar. Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with another organizational post.



Monday, January 19, 2015

MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash Day 1 - Stamps


Welcome to Day 1 of MFT's 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! What a great way to start the New Year! Each day this week the MFT Design Team will be sharing their ideas with you to organize a different product. We are starting with organizational ideas for your stamp sets. 

You can stop by the MFT blog for the list of designers sharing ideas today. 


I realized I HAD to get organized after spending at least 45 minutes looking for a particular die, then ordering a new one, and then finding the older one!!

My basics of my organizational system is based on a tutorial written by Jennifer McGuire. I use two different size envelopes that you can purchase from MFT, the Clear Pocket Storage - Large and the Clear Pocket Storage - Small. I used a Brother P-Touch Label Maker and 1/2" Black on Clear Label Tape that I purchased through Amazon.



I use a clear Freezer Storage Bin, also purchased from Amazon


Here is a closer look at the label I created for the front of my bin using my label maker, the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and an arrow in the Go with It Die-namics. 


The dividers are cut from Sno Cone Card Stock and I rounded the upper two corners. I used my label maker to add titles to each each section. I grouped them by designer or type of stamp set. I also have a section for stamp sets that have a Die-namics set that coordinates with the stamp. 

You can also used labels prepared by MFT. You can find them HERE


I back the inside of each clear pocket with white card stock. It just makes it easier to see clear stamp sets. I buy an inexpensive white card stock at Michaels. I can get two backings for the larger envelopes and two for the smaller envelopes out of each piece of 12 x 12 card stock. 


For stamp sets that have coordinating Die-namics I store the dies behind the stamp set.


My large 6 x 6 Cling Rubber Background stamps are stored in a decorative clear container. They are very easy to flip through stored this way. 


Stop by the MFT blog for all details about the great prize packages that will be given away each of the five days. 

If you have any questions for me, please email me using the link on my side bar. Thanks for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with another organizational post.

Monday, January 12, 2015

MFT's January Creative Construction with Blueprints

Thanks for stopping by today! I am starting off the week with a new monthly MFT Design Team Challenge, Construction with Blueprints

We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we’re short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.
We thought it appropriate to kick off this series by going back to the beginning and focusing on the first two Blueprints we created for you. Take a walk down memory lane with us!  You can stop by the MFT Blog for the list of all the designers sharing projects today. 


My first card is designed with Blueprints 1and the layout is based on one the sketches you can download for inspiration. 

I added quick and easy background patterns with the Grid Background Stamp, using Berrylicious Premium Dye Ink on Sno Cone Card Stock, and the Swiss Dot Background Stamp using Lemon Chiffon Card Stock and Lemon Chiffon Premium Dye Ink


The sweet Pure Innocence Stamp is the newly released Heart Banner. The "XO" sentiment is from the All My Love Stamp Set. She is colored with Copics. 


On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the  Heart Banner Stamp Set. 


On my second card I used Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 2, and came up with my own layout idea using a combination of dies from both the Blueprints Die-namics.

The background patterns on this card are stamped with the Damask Background Stamp, using Sno Cone Card Stock with Sweet Tooth Pigment Ink and embossing with white embossing powder and the Linen Background Stamp, stamping Sour Apple Premium Dye Ink on Sour Apple Card Stock


Here's a closer look at the stamped patterns. The sentiment if from the Birthday Greeting Stamp Set and the background pattern behind the sentiment is stamped with the Swiss Dot Background Stamp, using Berrylicious Premium Dye Ink on Sno Cone Card Stock.


Here's the inside using another sentiment from the Birthday Greeting Stamp Set. 



Here are the products I used create the first card:






Here are the products I used on my second card: